If impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo go to trial later this year, prosecutors will march into the state Senate chambers armed to the teeth.
Officials will start to issue subpoenas after attorneys spent months gathering relevant evidence, including interviewing witnesses and procuring tens of thousands of documents.
With that, the Assembly Judiciary Committee will issue subpoenas to witnesses as part of the Legislature’s independent probe into allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct against Cuomo and a multitude of other accusations.
The committee commenced an impeachment investigation in March after at least nine current and former staffers accused Cuomo of sexual harassment and misconduct and the federal government started a probe that Cuomo’s top aides intentionally underreported state COVID-19 death data in nursing homes.
Attorneys with Davis Polk & Wardwell obtained more than 100,000 documents including emails, texts, letter correspondences, personnel records, training materials and transcripts in gathering evidence in its months-long investigation.
“I am very pleased with the continued process of this investigation,” said Assemblyman Charles Lavine, D-Glen Cove, said Wednesday. Lavine is the chairman of the Judiciary Committee.
The process seems to be an impressive piece of evidence-gathering. But the progress is a different story. Lavine indicated Tuesday the Assembly’s investigation is not near completion and he did not specify how long it will continue.
Attorneys have received multiple documents from legislative counsel, interviewed hundreds of people and continue to take steps to secure evidence. This process has already taken a great deal of time, and it is not over yet.
Assessing the credibility of the information and corroborating the facts learned during these interviews will likely take longer to complete.
In the meantime, New Yorkers should be patient and allow the process to play out. We have nothing against the process. It’s the progress that generates the most concern.